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Until Schools Are No Longer Separate, We Must Strive for Equal

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education
Alyssa Granacki

I wish my students experienced more cultural diversity. I wish my students interacted with peers of different socio-economic status. But that is not the case where communities in our country remain defined by race and class.

Philly Charter School Mogul Charged With Multi-Million Dollar Fraud

Posted 07.24.2012 | Education

Philadelphia charter school mogul Dorothy June Hairston Brown was charged Tuesday -- along with four colleagues -- with defrauding three charter schoo...

Quo Vadimus

Glen Lineberry | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Glen Lineberry

My school is in a formal School Improvement process, with loads of money from various sources and hard deadlines for real improvements in attendance, discipline, graduation rates and student test performance. And we are improving.

Louisiana Sets Rules For Landmark School Voucher Program

Reuters | Posted 09.24.2012 | Education

* Louisiana has the most sweeping voucher program in U.S. * Governor says it spurs competition, expands choice * Critics...

Is Education on the Cusp of a Turnaround?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 09.21.2012 | Education
Richard Whitmire

Americans continue to lose faith in their public schools, a Gallup poll reported recently. Less than a third of Americans said they had a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in schools. Why the drop?

Bullying Works!

Elizabethe C. Payne | Posted 09.18.2012 | Education
Elizabethe C. Payne

It is important to consider the ways in which "bullying," in various forms, is actually socially advantageous for the students who do it successfully. In short: bullying works.

Forget Obamacare or Anycare: No System Can Bear the Weight of Our Fat

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Sarah O'Leary

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United States is the fattest nation in the world. And while politicians and pundits fight about which health care program would best serve us, we're missing the point entirely.

As Congress Fiddles, Students and Schools Do a Slow Burn

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

It is outrageous to try to balance the federal budget on the backs of our youth. Our greatest resource is the ingenuity and creativity of the American people.

Stimulus Funds Saved Education Jobs, But States Still Slow To Implement Reforms

Posted 07.18.2012 | Education

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act showed promise to assist education, but some of its results have yet to be realized. While education sti...

Closing the Achievement Gap for Native Students

Kati Haycock | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Kati Haycock

While achievement has gone up for other groups of students, we are not making the same kind of progress for our American Indian and Alaska Native students.

New York School Funding Among Nation's Most Unfair

David Sciarra | Posted 09.12.2012 | Education
David Sciarra

New York is considered "high spending" when it comes to public education. But does the Empire State fairly fund its public schools? The answer is a resounding no.

Texas Charter School Accused Of Funneling Religion Into Lessons

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 07.12.2012 | Education

Religion watchdogs are warning of an amply-funded charter school in Texas, where the superintendant has claimed that God "has given [her] the jurisdi...

Debate Over Year-Round Versus Traditional Schools

AP | BETH J. HARPAZ | Posted 07.12.2012 | Education

NEW YORK -- By the time summer's over, many families can't wait for school to start. Working parents have struggled to find camps or babysitting, kids...

New Orleans Teachers Get Justice, but Schools in Jeopardy

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Michelle Chen

In moving toward privatization and free-market ideology, the New Orleans school system has become in many ways much less accountable and less democratic.

A Whirlwind Season for Student Rights in New York

Hayley Gorenberg | Posted 09.09.2012 | Education
Hayley Gorenberg

They showed up to learn. Instead they were spat upon and called vulgar names. They had their lockers vandalized and books urinated upon. They are our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.

"When Young People Are Able to Process Their Emotions They Have More Time for Learning" - Principal Sporleder

Michael Jascz | Posted 07.10.2012 | New York
Michael Jascz

This is a story of empowerment. This is a story of how kids in even the worst of situations can still turn their lives around, if we as the adults can make emotional safety a part of a school's culture.

Los Angeles Public Schools Paid Nearly $500,000 To Scientology-Tied Tutoring Program

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.10.2012 | Education

According to documents obtained by The Daily, Los Angeles public schools invested nearly half a million dollars in a tutoring program tied to Scientol...

Single-Sex Public Schools Increases Sexism -- Not Learning

Hayley Krischer | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
Hayley Krischer

The concept is based on the different learning styles of boys and girls as well as cuts down on "distractions such as flirting."

My Decision to Send My Kids to Private School Has Never Been Easier to Defend

Christina Pesoli | Posted 09.08.2012 | Education
Christina Pesoli

By enumerating so many offensive ideas in the "Educating our Children" section of its platform, Texas Republican delegates have provided me with a blueprint to defend my decision to send my kids to private school.

Lawmaker Retracts Support On Voucher Program Because It Includes Muslim Schools

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.06.2012 | Education

Louisiana Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Watson, is retracting her support for Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program, after realizing the money could be applied...

Schools Without Bullying

Ted Wachtel | Posted 09.04.2012 | Education
Ted Wachtel

The bullying by middle school students of Karen Klein, a school bus monitor in upstate New York, captured on video and viewed by millions online, sends a distressing message about the state of civility in our society.

In Support of the Whole Child

Sean Slade | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
Sean Slade

A holistic approach brings together elements that support the development of a child who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated, and engaged, seeking to ensure all that is required for successful life and preparation for society.

A School Version of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" With a Lady Gaga Twist

Wayne Maines | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Maines

I owe Lady Gaga a great deal for teaching an old conservative dad to not be afraid to try new things and to embrace an entire community that needed help.

Addressing the Dangers Posed by Child Predators

Robert J. Benz | Posted 08.28.2012 | Crime
Robert J. Benz

How we respond to the real life case of man and monster -- whether it's with mind or emotion, with action or resignation -- will determine how many more horror shows we'll be forced to endure.

Blaming Teachers for Our Low Test Scores Is Like Blaming Doctors for Our National Obesity Epidemic

David Macaray | Posted 08.25.2012 | Education
David Macaray

Two damaging misconceptions about labor unions: (1) Union members tend to be substandard workers (lazy, unreliable, surly, privileged), and (2) union ...